Stillness

How best to approach nature.

“When you perceive nature only through the mind, through thinking, you cannot sense its aliveness, its beingness. You see the form only and are unaware of the life within the form – the sacred mystery. Thought reduces Nature to a commodity to be used in the pursuit of profit or knowledge or some other utilitarian […]

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Podcast: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha.

Lee Mack is a UK comedian who has appeared in a multitude of panel shows over the years. The old series of Would I Lie to You? is an eye-watering favourite for Kelly and me. Turns out Lee also has a strong interest in Buddhism and exploring the more existential issues in life. He makes […]

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I’ll see you on the other side of sesshin.

Well Im about to go off grid for a week. I will be attending the yearly sesshin (an intensive 7 day meditation retreat. Sesshin literally means: touching the heart-mind) with the Black Mountain Zen group. The retreat is being held at a beautiful location beside Lake George just outside of Canberra. I’m all packed for […]

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Video: meditation postures.

If I ask you to imagine a group of people sitting in Zen meditation you probably picture lines of people sitting cross-legged on small cushions (called zafu), in half lotus or full lotus position. Traditionally sitting meditation this way has been seen as taking the optimum posture for stability and concentration during meditation. These days […]

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